Four arrested after Phoenix police seize AK-47s, marijuana

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PHOENIX -- Authorities arrested four men and seized guns and marijuana while investigating a possible home invasion in Phoenix.

Just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Phoenix police officers responded to a home in the area of Indian School Road and 27th Street regarding a possible fight.

Officers discovered a broken arcadia door at the rear of the home and went in to check on the welfare of the occupants. The officers did not locate anyone inside, but they did find approximately 100 pounds of marijuana as well as blood stains on the floor.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department, investigators believed the incident involved a home invasion/drug rip-off.

Detectives developed information on a home near Campbell and 112th avenues and discovered an additional 300 pounds of marijuana.

Detectives continued to follow leads and developed information on a third location near Indian School Road and 112th Avenue. Martos said they found a large cache of weapons in shipping boxes and a large quantity of gun magazines inside the home.

During the investigation, authorities seized 49 AK-47s, six large tote bins full of AK-47 banana clips, 400 pounds of marijuana, two handguns and three vehicles.

Police arrested Victor Vazquez-Venegas, 25, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 27, Jorge Armando Valenzuela Hurtado, 27, and Manuel Trinidad Casinova-Lopez, 25.